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Reading Specialist

Seven courses, all available online, make up the reading specialist endorsement. This endorsement is designed for classroom teachers with a passion for literacy instruction or a desire for leadership opportunities in this field.

The curriculum for the reading specialist endorsement provides exceptional breadth and depth into the field of literacy including:

  • Implementing effective models for instruction
  • Understanding data driven assessment
  • Learning historic foundation as well as current theories of reading and writing research
  • Leading school change


  • EDUC 260: Designing and Implementing Professional Learning in Literacy
  • EDUC 280: Case Studies in Literacy Education
  • EDUC 281: Writing Research & Theory
  • EDUC 285: Research-Based Effective Literacy Models
  • EDUC 287: Reading Research & Theory
  • EDUC 288: Leading and Coaching Data Analysis to Inform Literacy Instructional Practices
  • EDUC 289: Managing School-Wide Change through Literacy Coaching


The Reading Specialist provides students great flexibility.  All of these courses are available online so you can take classes when they fit your schedule.  If you prefer face-to-face instruction, these courses are offered on the weekend to accommodate your work schedule.  


Program Questions?

Lindsay Woodward, PhD
Assistant Professor of Secondary Literacy Education
1-800-44-DRAKE, x3006

Application Questions?  

Coordinator of Graduation Admissions

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Pursuing the Reading Specialist Endorsement provides the foundation for completing a master's degree in literacy education.  For an additional 11 credits, you can complete the master's program offering increased expertise in the field of literacy education.  For more information, consult the literacy master's website.  

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